Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Star Sapphire by Hallee Bridgeman

Bridgeman has penned a delightful Christmas novella centering on two very wealthy families.

Madeline Viscolli is the daughter of a wealthy business tycoon. Noted for his flipping companies, her father heads Viscolli Enterprises with a chain of hotels and much more. Madeline is being groomed to take over direction of the business, obtaining her graduate degree. When she attends her first CRU (previously Campus Crusade for Christ) meeting, she meets a man who will change her life forever.

Joe Westcott is from the wealthy Westcott Marine, builders of everything from dinghies to battleships. But he has rejected his father's wealth, still bearing the scars of the man who beat him and made his childhood nearly unbearable. Sent off to military school by his mother for his own protection, he has not seen his father in over a decade. Serving as a CRU leader and living in a sailboat at the harbor suits him just fine. That is, until he feels the tingle of love when he sees Madeline.

This novella has all the good elements of a delightful Christmas romance. Madeline and Joe are both godly people. Madeline had been raised in a godly home but Joe found his salvation after being taken out of his ungodly home life. The development of these two characters is well done.

Even though Maddie and Joe experience mutual attraction, their future is unsure. Maddie plans to ultimately head her father's conglomerate but Joe hates the thought of big money and what it means. His mind tells him to push her away while his heart cries for her to be by him. Then Joe receives word that his father is dying and his life is about to be turned upside down.

This is a great novella to read during the Christmas season. Many of the life changing events take place around Christmas. It's a novella so some of the loose ends are not neatly tied up but, nonetheless, it was a delightful novella with a strong Christian message. This novella was inspired by The Jewel Series by Bridgeman but reads well on its own.

This would be a great novella for a group to read. There are good Discussion Questions included and even a suggested menu for a reading group luncheon, including the recipes for Blackened Grouper Sandwich with Chipotle Sauce, Coastal Cole Slaw, Homemade Potato Chips, and Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes about true to life characters facing real world problems. She and her family live in central Kentucky. You can find out more at http://hallee.bridgemanfamily.com/ and www.halleethehomemaker.com/.

Olivia Kimbrell Press, 127 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novella through BookCrash for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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